Myra J. Powell

Myra J. Powell

President/CEO

Myra J. Powell, MSW, ACSW, has over 25 years of practice experience, twenty with a local department of social services in both adult and child welfare direct service delivery, case management, supervision, division management, and administration. She worked for 5 years in university social work academia, conducting public welfare-related training and research, as well as teaching undergraduate and graduate programs. She founded Vanguard Professional Staffing in 1999.

Blake A. Powell

Blake A. Powell

General Manager/Secretary-Treasurer

Blake A. Powell, CSP has a BA in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and brings 6 years of local government and law enforcement experience into his role as General Manager. Having people managements skills, organizational insight, and problem-solving experience, he oversees operational aspects of the company, IT, and Marketing. He holds a Professional Certification of Certified Staffing Professional through The American Staffing Association as of 2017.

Debbie Price Longo

Debbie Price Longo

Senior Area Manager, Placement Team

Debbie P. Longo, BSW, ACBSW is a Senior Placement Manager. She worked for a county social services for over 24 years as a social worker, supervisor, Child Welfare Program Manager. She has been a trainer and educator since 1998, and trained social workers in child protection for the State of North Carolina. She worked in protective services with abused children, adopted children, and foster children and their families, as well as family planning, domestic violence, rape and incest counseling. She is a certified MAPPS/GPS trainer. She has managed staffing in multiple states and urban and rural settings.

Susan D. Parker

Susan D. Parker

Area Manager, Placement Team

Susan D. Parker, BSW, brings years of experience in direct social work practice, supervision, management. She also has expertise in federal grant writing, grant management, and grant reporting, as well as in employment programs administration.

Sharon J. Bartholomew

Sharon J. Bartholomew

Administrative Assistant

Sharon J. Bartholomew has years of administrative experience in private business and public health. Her primary role is the communication with, and validation of, candidates who apply with Vanguard.

Sarah Peede

Sarah Peede

Administrative Assistant, Business Office

Sarah Peede, BA in Business Applications, brings management training and communications skills to her role as Business Office Administrative Assistant. Her knowledge of Microsoft Office applications benefits the technical flow in the corporate office and the virtual side of the company, as well as organizational and communication skills in customer service and document preparation.

Tara Weller

Tara Weller

Administrative Assistant, Placement Team

Tara Weller has 11 years of experience in the education field. Her organizational and communication skills aid in the preparation of agency and employee contracts, as well as managing the communication between applicants and new employees. Her role as Administrative Assistant to our Placement Team aids in the recruitment and marketing of the business.